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but westbrook's anaconda's problem is still present and accounted for. sleep tight. sleep tight. "first look" is up next. by the way, the current president of mexico said he would meet with you. will you meet with him? >> yeah, sure. >> you would? >> absolutely. i'd meet with him. >> it's official. donald trump will have a last-minute meeting with the president of mexico just as he's expected to deliver a make or break speech on immigration. plus coming out of retirement. marco rubio wins and wins big. he was planning on quitting politics. but now he won't swear off a 2020 run for the white house. and one of the biggest stars in women's soccer won't play again this year. the latest chapter in the tough year for hope solo.
good morning, everybody. it's wednesday, august 31st, i'm betty nguyen alongside louis burgdorf. with just 69 days to go, donald trump is set to meet with his first head of state in a last-minute announcement that took the political world by surprise. "the washington post" was first to report that trump and mexico's president will meet today in mexico city. "the new york times" reports he will travel to mexico. "the post" reporting it will be between a fund-raiser in california, and a major speech on immigration in arizona. now last at about 10:30 eastern trump confirmed saying i have accepted the invitation of president enrique pena nieto of mexico and look forward to meeting him tomorrow. "the post" reports peen yeto extended the offer to trump and clinton and trump pushed for a visit this week. among those advocating the trip according to reports were
stephen bannon and new jersey governor chris christie whose 2014 visit to mexico was a precursor to his presidential campaign. the mexican president added a personal message late last night saying quote i invited the u.s. presidential candidates to mexico to discuss the bilateral relationship. tomorrow i welcome donald trump. i believe in dialogue to promote the interests of mexico in the world and mainly to protect mexicans wherever they are. from the beginning of his campaign, trump has branded mexico as a source of crime flooding into the u.s., as he did at a border visit in laredo last july. >> people are saying oh, it's so dangerous what you're doing mr. trump, it's so dangerous what you're doing. i have to do it. i have to do it. >> what danger are you talking about? >> there's great danger with the illegals and we're just discussing that. but we have a tremendous danger on the border with the illegals coming in. >> have you seen any evidence here to confirm your fears about mexico sending its criminals across the border? >> yes, i have. and i've heard it. and i've heard it from a lot of different people. >> now democrat hillary clinton has also received an invitation
to visit president pena nieto whom she last met with in 2014 but so far no meeting is planned. in response to trump's visit a spokesperson said donald trump has painted mexicans as rapists and criminals and promised to deport 16 million people including children and u.s. citizens. he has said we should force mexico to pay for his giant border wall. he has said we should ban remittances to families in mexico if mexico doesn't pay up. what ultimately matters is what donald trump says to voters in arizona, not mexico and whether he remains committed to the splitting up of families and deportation of millions. trump has had a volatile relationship with mexico's leaders over the past 14 months of his candidacy. publicly taunting them for saying they will not pay for his promised border wall, including a charge back and forth with former president vicente fox. >> the president of mexico yesterday, or the ex-president, whatever, whoever, who cares, he
said we will not even consider paying for the wall. you ready? who's going to pay for the wall? [ crowd chanting "mexico" ] >> who? [ crowd chanting "mexico" ] >> 100%. >> i declare, i'm not going to pay for that [ bleep ] wall. he should pay for it. he's got the money. democracy -- to crazy people that do not know what's going on in the world today. >> in march current mexican president pena nieto said trump's tone was how mussolini got in, how hitler got in. he said the comparison was a call for reflection and recognition. the visit comes at a low point for the mexican leader. a poll earlier this month found his job approval rating at just 23% with a 74% disapproving. the lowest level since he took office back in december of 2012. the mexican president has stood firm against trump's proposals while seeing the need for a
strong relationship if he turns out to be the next president. >> under no circumstances would mexico pay for that wall? >> there is no way that mexico can pay a wall like that. but any decision can be taken for the government of the united states. >> we have to make it very clear that development and prosperity in the united states is built necessarily through the prosperity of its neighboring countries. we also have to bear in mind that the security of the united states is linked with the security of its neighboring countries. this is what we have been doing with the u.s. government. we have a relationship of coordination, collaboration and cooperation in the area of security. >> betty this morning the islamic state group's second in command has reportedly been killed. the terror groups news agency announced the death of abu mohammed al adnani, killed while surveying operations to repel the military campaigns against aleppo and the pentagon could not confirm his death. but said quo ligs forces were carrying out air strikes
targeting him near the border of turkey. now al adnanty is perhaps best known for issuing the proclamation for lone wolves to kill westerners in september of 2014. joining us now msnbc foreign correspondent ayman mohyeldin. he was an extremely high value target to the united states actually one of the top on the list with $5 million bounty on his head. what does this mean if this is actually confirmed? >> well the significance of it is that it has been confirmed by isis' news channels. and that's kind of rare for the organization to come out so quickly and acknowledge the death of one of its most senior officials. there is a certain degree of validity and truth to that. but the significance of it for the organization can really be seen on two fronts. the long-term and the short-term. there's no doubt in the short-term this is going to have a significant impact. the organization within the organization, he was seen as a person who oversaw its external operations. he inspired attacks. he was also a tactician, a strategist. you would see him on the battlefield given the fact that, you know, according to this claim by the news agency, he was
out on the battlefield surveying the operations that isis was engaged in. so to give you a sense that he wasn't just an inspirational figure and somebody who would just put out these recordings but somebody who had a tactical perspective within the organization. so that's going to be a huge setback for isis. but in the long-term we've seen isis have the ability to generate new leadership when other ones have been killed. so this is going to be a significant setback in the short-term, but in the long-term, you can imagine that isis is going to have a new generation of leaders that would be willing to step in and fill that role at some point. >> ayman mohyeldin, thanks so much for your reporting on that. hillary clinton spent last night fund-raising for a third day in the upscale beach towns of the hamptons in new york. the final stop was a star-studded affair. hillary clinton danced with sir paul mccartney while jimmy buffett played cheeseburger in paradise at his home. the night reportedly ended with the former beatle, buffett and jon bon jovi singing hey jude. but while they danced inside,
more news made a splash outside about her use of private e-mails. the state department revealed yesterday it has found as many as 30 additional e-mails from her server that may be related to the benghazi attacks. those e-mails come from the cache of 15,000 the fbi had to recover forensically, but some could be duplicates. and later today the fbi may release their report they handed over to the justice department, not recommending charges, which could include agent notes. and in florida, senator marco rubio easily won his republican primary. he walked away with 72% of the vote over his top challenger. come november rubio will face congressman patrick murphy who won the democratic senate primary with nearly 60% of the vote. donald trump's running mate mike pence tweeted a photo of his phone call congratulating him on the win. kasie hunt also caught up with rubio after his victory and asked him about what florida voters see in donald trump. >> you once said that donald trump is going to make america
orange again. is that the kind of person you're trying to convince floridians to be president now? >> look he's not running against george washington. he's running against hillary clinton. but, it was one of the most dishonest people to run for president, i'm running for the senate and that's an independent branch of government, and one that has an important role in our constitution and i can't wait to get back there. >> nice reporting by kasie hunt there. meanwhile questions are being raised as to whether senator rubio still has presidential ambitions. during an interview yesterday he wouldn't commit to serving out a full six-year senate term. >> no one can make that commitment because you don't know what the future is going to hold in your life personally or politically. i can commit to you this, that is that if i am running to be a u.s. senator. i am fully prepared to allow the u.s. senate to be the last political office i ever hold. >> in the senate i will fight for you every single day. you compare that to senator rubio, who just yesterday said no one can make a commitment to a six-year term. well guess what, senator?
i've got two words for you, i can. >> congresswoman debbie wasserman schultz also won her primary last night with nearly 57% of the vote. she fended off her bernie sanders backed challenger tim canova but canova wasn't ready to concede. >> it isn't over till it's over and i'll start off right now by saying i'm not quite ready to concede anything yet. this is -- a still maintain that what this is about is we're fighting for american democracy. this has been a rigged system, and everyone knows it. >> according to a reporter from the miami herald canova later said quote i will concede debbie wasserman schultz is a corporate stooge. there you go. some tough words there. >> wow. okay. still ahead, new video showing hope solo's reaction to her latest suspension from u.s. soccer. plus, more legal problems for singer chris brown after an hour's long standoff with los angeles police. those stories and a check on the weather when we come back.
welcome back. time to get a check on your weather with nbc meteorologist bill karins. bill, hurricane lester, hurricane madeline, all kind of heading towards hawaii. >> yeah. those two definitely have hawaii's attention. while we are in the southeast u.s. and even on the east coast all watching what's going to happen in the gulf of mexico. the new advisory from the national hurricane center. there are some changes, new warnings and the forecast track has shifted. affecting millions of more people than what was expected yesterday. so let me get into the details. first thing we're watching the storm. it's still out over the open waters of the gulf, thankfully it hasn't strengthened. it's gotten a little bit larger but the winds haven't picked up as of yet. i mean, we're lucky that this is not turning into a beast of a storm. because with this forecast path going to affect millions of people. we want it to remain as weak as possible. it has 48 hours to intensify,
after that it really shouldn't. what has changed. tropical storm warnings are now in effect, this is the tampa area. the orange is a tropical storm warning north of tampa to cedar key back across the northern portions of florida, apalachicola, panama city. so yesterday things weren't looking too bad in panama city, apalachicola. forecast has shifted a little bit further to the west and it looks like more of a direct impact in the tallahassee area, too. so we're going to have to watch that. the yellow is tropical storm watches. let me give you the new forecast path from the hurricane center. still tropical depression. they believe by 1:00 a.m., probably about later today, 5:00 p.m. named hermione and take that storm towards tallahassee. 65-mile-per-hour winds, that's not enough to do a lot of significant damage so that's good. but still we will get some storm surge problems through the big bend back to tampa. notice how far inland this track is now. north of savannah to charleston, direct hit south carolina, and all through north carolina. notice the winds don't diminish. if anything it could intensify as it comes back off the coast.
for all of those areas we have to watch it. finally what's also interesting is that the cone does now include eastern long island, rhode island, and all the way up to the boston area. the forecast path still has it going offshore but there are some computer models that take it back toward new england later on saturday into saturday night. so a lot of things to watch. the biggest thing, though, is we need this thing to stay weak because it looks for certain to affect millions. >> going to be a wet holiday weekend for a lot of folks. >> most of it will be gone by saturday afternoon. but, it's going to be interesting. >> okay, bill, thank you. the embattled governor of maine hinted yesterday that he may step down amid calls for his resignation only to just hours later reject the idea. in a radio interview governor paul lepage apologized for threatening a state lawmaker last week and openly questioned whether he was still up to the task of governing. >> i'm looking at all options. i think some things i've asked to do are beyond my ability and i'm not going to say that i'm not going to finish it.
i'm not saying that i am going to finish it. if i've lost my ability to convince the maine people that's what we need and that's the type of people we need in augusta, then you know, maybe it is time to move on. >> all right. but hours later, lepage appeared to back track tweeting regarding rumors of resignation to paraphrase mark twain the reports of my political demise are greatly exaggerated. lepage also announced that he would be meeting later today with a lawmaker he threatened. >> i want to look him in the eye and apologize if i have to. but at the same token, i think he owes me a little bit of an apology so i think meeting face-to-face we might be able to resolve things. if we can't, we can't. then we move on. >> state democratic leaders continue to call for lepage to resign after he blamed maine's opioid crisis on blacks and hispanics coming from out of state. however, maine house republicans decided to stand by lepage choosing not to take any action against the governor. more than 1,000 residents in indiana are scrambling to find new homes after finding out the
soil outside of their housing complex is highly toxic, in an incident being compared to the flint, michigan, water crisis. the east chicago residents were nfd last month about the dangerous levels of lead and arsenic in the ground. at the time mayor anthony copeland told residents they would have to move out and the complex would be demolished. but the chicago tribune reports the environmental protection agency says not all residents will be displaced as they try to clean the contaminated soil. meanwhile the northwest indiana times says last month mayor copeland accused the epa of withholding data about the contamination found in the soil. the paper says that the mayor told the agency that early tests found excessive levels of lead in the blood of hundreds of children. the agency told the paper that in retrospect, spikes seen in the initial soil data and more inspection of it could have resulted in action being taken sooner, and they now have 70 people working the site. >> really scary story for those children. all right let's turn now to some entertainment news. r&b singer chris brown was arrested yesterday after a woman
called police claiming he pointed a gun at her before he was taken into custody the lapd spent hours in an early morning standoff with the musician who was demanding that they get a warrant before they enter his home. brown took to social media to claim his innocence, in a profanity laced tirade against the media and police. >> you all ain't doing nothing but giving me better publicity. have you seen my house? i'm going to barricade myself in a palace. i'm not coming out. for what? i ain't did [ bleep ] i ain't going to do [ bleep ] and it's all going to be [ bleep ] police black lives matter. worst gang in the world, the police. and i said it. what i do care about is y'all defacing my name as a person and my character and integrity. i am a father, i am one of the best entertainers out here without saying woe is me i don't get enough credit. >> the singer is currently facing a charge of assault with a deadly weapon he previously pleaded guilty to felony assault in an unrelated case and still
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sports world continue to weigh in on 49ers quarterback colin kaepernick and his seated star spangled banner protest. many have been critical including former nfl player rodney harrison who has apologized after yesterday suggesting kaepernick doesn't understand racism because he's quote, not black. many are standing in support of kaepernick's decision to sit and perhaps most notably an olympic gold medalist tommy smith who along with john carlos were suspended from the 1968 mexico city games after famously raising gloved fists on the medals podium as the star spangled banner played. smith told "usa today" that kaepernick is being vilified saying quote i support him because he's bringing the truth out regardless of how it's done. if it's not done violently, at least he should be heard. the 49ers will play their final preseason game tomorrow night against the chargers in san diego. now let's go to some soccer headlines now following last week's six-month suspension from the u.s. women's national team and the termination of her u.s. soccer contract after calling the swedish national team quote
cowards, goalkeeper hope solo has announced her season with the seattle rain is over. solo posted this image on her facebook page explaining her decision saying, quote, coming to terms with the fact that i was fired from the u.s. women's national team after 17 years of service has been devastating. after careful consideration, i have decided to end my season with the seattle reign, on organization i love playing for. mentally, i'm not there yet. meanwhile video from a new documentary series called keeping score has emerged showing a tearful solo moments after she found out about the punitive measures. >> terminated contract. effective immediately. terminated contract. not just a suspension. >> how can they do both? >> it's both. >> 17 [ bleep ] years and it's over! >> all right let's turn now to tennis and the second day of competition in flushing at the u.s. open world number one serena williams began her bid for a record-breaking 23rd major title with a straight set
victory over makarova. williams who cited a sore shoulder in her third round of the upset at the rio games showed no since of injury last night. she hit 12 aces including a rocket at 121 miles per hour and on the men's side rio gold medalist andy murray advances to the second round after defeating rosol in straight sets and let's go now to the actual baseball diamond, it's weird to say this name former nfl quarterback tim tebow major league baseball showcase was with mixed with reviews. the 29-year-old tebow worked out yesterday at the university of southern california in front of more than 40 scouts representing 28 of the 30 big league teams. the only two that didn't show to see him play with the chicago cubs and the oakland athletics. one scout said that he had big power and in his swing and was quote mis-hitting the ball out of the park. we'll have to wait and see if the tebow experiment yields any type of contract action there. all right let's turn to some
baseball action now. in texas the rangers trailing the mariners by a run in the bottom of the ninth inning with a base runner on. >> bell tray a mods lead at first. hit well to center field. back at the track. at the wall. >> wow! >> the two-run shot out in center field to walk texas off with an 8-7 win. what a shot there. let's go to baltimore where kras davis strikes out swinging in the bottom of the eighth inning against the blue jays. he's not a happy camper about that one and takes his frustration out on his bat. snapping it over his knee. oh, man that looks like it hurts. i don't know how they do that. finally in cleveland, zack mcallister takes a comebacker off the foot kicking the baseball into the air and catching it for an incredible out. the indians beat the twin 5-4 he must have played hacky sack betty when he was a kid. >> i don't know if he intended to do it but regardless it's
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good morning, it's wednesday, august 31st, i'm louis burgdorf alongside betty nguyen. we're also following results from last night's primary races in florida and arizona. we'll have the latest on that in a moment. >> a lot on the plate today. but first, with just 69 days to go, donald trump is set to meet with his first head of state, in a last-minute announcement that took the political world by surprise. "the washington post" was first to report that trump and mexico's president will meet today in mexico city. "the new york times" reports he will travel to mexico, "the post" reporting it will be between a fund-raiser in california and a major speech on immigration in arizona. last night at about 10:30 eastern trump confirmed saying, i have accepted the invitation of president enrique pena nieto of mexico and look very much forward to meeting him tomorrow. "the post" reports pena nieto extended the offer to trump and clinton last friday and trump decided to accept the invitation and pushed for a visit this week. among those advocating the trip according to reports were
new campaign chief executive stephen bannon and new jersey governor chris christie whose 2014 visit to mexico was a precursor to his presidential campaign. the mexican president added a personal message late last night saying quote i invited the u.s. presidential candidates to mexico to discuss the bilateral relationship. tomorrow i welcome donald trump. i believe in dialogue to promote the interests of mexico in the world and mainly to protect mexicans wherever they are. from the beginning of his campaign, trump has branded mexico as a source of crime flooding into the u.s., as he did at a border visit in laredo last july. >> so, i went to laredo. and my wife came home and she was crying. and i said to myself, why are you crying? you made it home. you made it safely. from the border. she was crying. tears were coming down her face. because she thought it was so dangerous. and i said to myself, she either really loves me a lot.
or she's got a pretty good line of stuff going, okay? but it was a little bit, you know, scary going over the border. >> donald trump is set to lay out his immigration policy tonight with a much-anticipated speech in arizona. trump's policy has seemed up in the air ever since he suggested a softening last week, especially on whether he would deport the approximately 11 million undocumented, asking the audience to applaud for different options. well yesterday donald trump jr. said his father has not wavered one bit. >> he wasn't softening on anything. he didn't change a stance on anything. what he did was, and what he's done all along is he's speaking with the people. he's not lecturing them like most of the politicians today. he's actually having a conversation. he basically surveyed the room and asked what are your thoughts on this? i want to take that because i want to take into account what the people say. >> it seemed like he's polling the room, he's not quite sure was his -- >> he was asking for an opinion. his policy has been the same for the last, six, seven, eight months -- >> he still says they all got to go. >> that's been the same correct.
but you have to start with baby steps. you have to let i.c.e. do their job. you have to eliminate the sanctuary cities. you have to get rid of the criminals first and foremost. you have to secure the border. >> and hillary clinton spent last night fund-raising for the third day in the upscale beach town of the hamptons my hometown. the final stop was a star-studded affair according to pool reports hillary clinton danced with paul mccartney while jimmy buffett played cheeseburger in paradise at his home. the night reportedly ended with the former beatle, buffett and jon bon jovi singing hey jude. but while they danced inside more news made a splash outside about her use of private e-mail. the state department revealed yesterday it has found as many as 30 additional e-mails from her server that may be related to the benghazi attacks. those e-mails came from the cache of 15,000 the fbi had to recover forensically, but some could be duplicates. and later today the fbi may release their report they handed over to the justice department not recommending charges which could include agent notes. and last night donald trump
didn't miss an opportunity to go after clinton's credibility. >> the only way to learn the full depth of her public corruption is to read the 33,000 e-mails that she deleted. they're gone. she bleached, which somebody said they never even heard of, in a very expensive fashion, used chemical so that no will ever be able to see them. who does this? who does this? now today another 30 e-mails were discovered by the state department that hillary clinton failed to turn over. these were e-mails about benghazi. it just never ends with the clintons. >> this morning "the new york times" editorial board is calling on the clinton foundation to stop talking
foreign and corporate money now. and for bill clinton and chelsea clinton to both end their involvement completely they write quote the foundation could do much more to distance itself from the foreign and corporate money that risks tainting ms. clinton's campaign. its plans to restrict its funding resources only after the election will likely dog miss clinton. >> the issue of the candidate's health and fitness came up on the campaign trail yesterday twice, both times at events held by two vice presidential nominees. >> can i give you an up close and personal on this? i have been on the trail with hillary for five weeks. and i can barely keep up with her. she has been running on full speed for 17 months. i can tell you, hillary clinton is one tough, and one healthy person. according to his doctor, trump will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency. wow that's a strong statement. well this week we learned that
trump's doct admitted that he wrote that note in five minutes. trump sent a limo over to pick up a letter from him. as the limo waited downstairs he wrote this note up very quickly and this, this is either too funny to be true or too true to be funny, i can't decide. >> do you agree with the 59% of americans that think she should release her medical records? >> well, you know, i want to -- i want to stipulate, you know, that that's something that the two major candidates are about the process of doing. and the american people have a right to know that information. but i'm less concerned about her bad health as i am about her bad ideas. she's got a lot of them. >> on sunday the clinton campaign dismissed a tweet from donald trump in which he challenged her to release detailed medical records saying he would do the same. the clinton campaign said it would not be releasing more records, and called on trump to release more than the note that nbc confirmed took his doctor
five minutes to write. now let's go to those critical downballot races we've been following, it's on to the general election for senator john mccain after defeating his closest primary challenger by nearly 62,000 votes in last night's senate primary. the long time senator won 52% of the republican vote. followed by kelli edwards' nearly 39%. that means he'll face democratic congresswoman ann kirkpatrick in the general election during his victory speech in phoenix early this morning senator mccain said it's critical for republicans to maintain their majority in congress, and to check the next president no matter whom he or she is. >> republicans must be willing to put forward smart commonsense effective policies and we must be able to resist from a position of strength ideas coming from the next white house, whoever occupies it, that would take the country in the wrong track. it's imperative republicans maintain our majorities in
congress. it's important to america's future that we have a say over the next president's appointments to this united states supreme court. >> speaking after her loss ward said quote sadly the establishment seems to have won this battle by spending untold millions to calm the liberal, dangerous, weak some other things, too she also said the republican party cannot win as a national party if we keep nominating unprincipled career politicians whose only objective is perpetual re-election. we should also note that controversial maricopa county sheriff joe par ao who is accused of racially profiling hispanics during traffic stops also won his primary. and as we go to florida senator marco rubio easily won his republican primary he walked away with 72% of the vote over his top challenger. come november rubio will face congressman patrick murphy who won the democratic senate primary with nearly 60% of the vote. the fall match-up could
potentially help decide which party controls the senate next year though rubio had famously said he would not be a part of it. >> this has been an unusual road back here with you tonight. as you know, after my race ended in marv for the presidency i was prepared to become a private citizen, and i was not just prepared to be so but i was excited about what that meant. time with our family. other opportunities. but i just couldn't be at peace with the idea that we were going to not just potentially lose the senate seat but lose the balance of power in the senate at this critical moment in our nation's history. >> you know, i heard senator rubio say not too long ago, 10,000 times, i'm telling you that i'm going to be a private citizen in january. so you all ready to give him what he really wants come january? >> all right let's turn now to business where apple stock dipped yesterday after the technology giant was hit with a $14 billion bill and back taxes from the european commission. cnbc's hadley gamble joins us now live from london with more on this.
hadley, how much would this bill weigh on the future of the company? >> well, that's the big question, betty, isn't it? not just for apple but for other major u.s. multinational companies as well. listen the ec basically said what apple was doing in ireland was illegal paying that 1% or less in corporate tax they said it really wasn't based in economic reality and it isn't as if apple can't afford to pay in 2015 they made a net profit of some you know several several billion here we're talking about $53 billion. but at the end of the day this is going to have a knock-on effect not just in terms of the location of the company going forward but on jobs, and there's a high probability that this cost is going to be passed on to consumers in the u.s. another story that we're watching is this story about this zika blood test apparently the company that made an emergency request for the fda to pass a test that would be able to detect zika in the blood is now withdrawing that request, and essentially that means that they think that the accuracy of the test is in question the fda went after the company they said
that this company didn't follow proper procedures so a lot of questions as to what happens next for that company. now another story we're talking about of course is google ride sharing in san francisco. their new program is going to be taking on uber and lyft. and apparently those rides are costing some 53 cents less per mile than the rivals. very exciting. >> that's a big deal for travelers, too. quite a deal. all right hadley gamble live from london. thank you for that. and betty still ahead, president obama hits a new record with his latest round of prison commutations. >> plus nasa is keeping a close eye on hurricane madeline headed to hawaii and another storm headed for florida's gulf coast. bill karins joins us with the latest on that.
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kwan mcdonald. all five face administrative charges including making a false report. the officer who fatally shot mcdonald, jason van dijk, is included in those charges. he pled not guilty. the officer's account of events was heavily contradicted by dash cam footage which was released late last year and sparked outrage and protest. the decision comes from a report which recommends ten officers be let go. three of them have already retired and one resigned. president obama is capping the latest -- the last few months of his presidency by continuing his clemency initiative. after granting 214 commutations earlier this month, the most by any president in a single day, yesterday he granted another 111 federal inmates clemency for nonviolent drug crimes. in a single month he has commuted more sentences than any u.s. president has granted in a single year for almost a century. to date the president has commuted the sentences of 673 men and women more than the last ten presidents combined.
betty let's get a check on our weather now with nbc meteorologist bill karins. bill you have florida and hawaii. >> yeah. now we're including georgia, south carolina, north carolina, maybe even portions of virginia, too. we haven't ruled out new england. things changed overnight. a shift to the west of our forecast of what will be tropical storm hermine later on today. this is a new updated forecast path. tallahassee, panama city, pensacola have a possibility of being brushed by this storm. definitely jacksonville. a forecast that's much worse this morning than this time yesterday from savannah to charleston through southern half of south carolina and north carolina. then from here we take the storm off the coast of the outer banks. looks like you're going to be mitt by this one even though you were missed by the one yesterday and even have a slight chance of southern new england being clipped. that would be saturday into saturday night time frame. if you have plans at cape cod out on long island or nantucket martha's vineyard southern rhode island you have to pay close attention to this forecast and make sure the storm doesn't
curve back over the weekend. it's not going to be a huge hurricane but still, forecast may not be as beautiful and sunny as it once looked. the forecast rain, the heaviest rain looks to be north florida thursday friday, southeast friday saturday widespread three to six inches but locally up to ten inches. we could get some flooding problems in northern florida and postal areas and then we have to deal with the storm surge. the worst looks to be north of tampa and then a little bit here possibly around savannah up to charleston, too. so a lot of changes with the forecast overnight. again, this isn't going to be a huge storm, louis, a hurricane, it only has about 48 hours to grow. and let's hope it doesn't because if it did we'd all be in for a long weekend. >> fingers crossed on that one. >> as we go to break let's take a look at the stories that we're not going to cover today. in cape cod some people who paid $210 for a giant lobster at a market and named it big lobby after big papi david ortiz released the crustacean back into the wild last week. the only problem a couple days later people discovered big lobby dead.
scientists say the warm, shallow water he was returned to probably not a good match. >> what did they say no good deed goes unpunished. >> that's it. >> unfortunately for big lobby. >> starbucks has launched a facebook messenger bot so you can chat with a pumpkin spice latte. it's still like almost 90 degrees outside and we're talking about pumpkin spice lattes. >> more importantly how is that even possible? >> who knows. and speaking of things that don't talk scientists in hungary claim to have found that dogs seem to understand what humans are saying. here's a photo from the clinical trial they found that dogs process words with the left hemisphere and use the right hemisphere to process pitch just like do this is the interesting part the dogs only ridgester that they were being raised if the words and pitch were positive. but again we don't have time for any of those stories today because instead we're going to talk about a political scandal unfolding in brazil and what's being hailed as a big victory for the u.s. intelligence in the
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the islamic statehood's second in command has reportedly been killed. the terror group's news agency denounced -- or announced the death of abu mohammed al adnani yesterday saying he was killed while surveying the operations to repel the military campaigns against aleppo. the pentagon could not confirm his death but said coalition forces are carrying out air strikes targeting him near the
border of turkey. al adnani is perhaps best known for issuing the proclamation for lone wolves to kill westerners in september of 2014. so let's get more on this. joining me now is msnbc foreign correspondent ayman mohyeldin. just how big of a blow is this death to isis and its operations? >> well, make no mistake about it. this would be the most significant setback for the organization in the short-term. this figure abu mohammed al adnani was a strategist, a tactician, he was somebody that was very much involved in shaping isis. i mean he was essentially part of the dna of the organization going back to its roots in iraq when it was fighting the american occupation back there throughout the early years of the invasion. but, as he emerged as a senior leader within the organization, he took on more responsibilities, and perhaps most importantly he oversaw a lot of the organization's external operations. his ability to inspire lone wolf attacks, as you mentioned. his ability also to shape the group's propaganda. he oversaw a lot of the very
slick videos that we've seen, the very gruesome videos that we've come to see and learn that isis produces, that helps recruit individuals to the battlefield. so there's no doubt that he was extremely important in the day-to-day operations and in the ideology of the organization. but one thing that we've also seen the group capable of doing is it has the ability to generate new leadership, sometimes even more extreme than what we've seen in the past. and in this case, time will tell which direction isis will go following the deadly airstrike. on one hand it could be like al qaeda following the killing of osama bin laden. al qaeda's central was extremely weakened following osama bin laden's killing. or we could see a new generation of isis leaders emerge that are even more potent, more lethal than abu adnani. hard to imagine but a lot of people are going to be in the wings ready to take his place. isis has demonstrated it has the ability to generate that kind of new leadership. >> ayman mohyeldin, thank you. when we come back we'll get a check on the stories in the day ahead.
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rousseff this morning. she has been the subject of a dramatic impeachment trial accused of illegally manipulating the government's budget during her re-election back in 2014. jetblue airlines begins flights to cuba today. the first airline since trying to restore diplomatic relations. and president obama will stop in nevada later today to participate in the 20th annual lake tahoe environmental summit. he'll then head to hawaii to address leaders from the pacific island congress. >> and donald trump meets with mexico's president before delivering his speech on immigration in phoenix later today. hillary clinton returns to the campaign trail set to address the american legion convention in cincinnati this afternoon. her running mate tim kaine holds a campaign event in battleground pennsylvania. while trump's running mate mike pence holds a rally in sarasota, florida. that's going to do it for us. i'm betty nguyen alongside louis burgdorf. "morning joe" starts right now.
>> his policy has been the same -- >> he still says deport -- >> that's been the same. correct. but again you have to start with baby steps. >> baby steps? >> it means setting small, reasonable goals months. >> again, you have to start with baby steps. >> baby steps. setting small, reasonable goals for yourself. one tiny step at a time. >> baby steps. >> baby steps. >> all right. good morning. it is baby steps, isn't it, willy? wednesday, august 31st. welcome to "morning joe." august is almost over, mike barnicle. >> it's upsetting. >> it's upsetting. >> what happened to june? >> with us on set we have veteran columnist and contributor mike barnicle. the man you saw co-hosting "all due respect" last night donny deutsch